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Schools participating in the School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program will now have the option to receive milk from local dairy farms, thanks to $1 million in new provincial funding.

Finance Minister Michael de Jong and Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick made the announcement on April 8, 2013 at a dairy farm in Abbotsford, where a group of kindergarten children were learning about dairy production.

"BC's dairy farmers are proud to partner with this innovative and successful program to deliver milk to young students across the province," said Dave Eto, Executive Director for BC Dairy Association. "Together, we will be able to ensure that BC children can learn about how dairy, fruits and vegetables play an important role in healthy eating."

As announced at Budget 2013, government is contributing $1million in new funding to add milk to the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program. Through a new partnership with BC Dairy Association, elementary schools registered for the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program will also be offered the delivery of local milk, free of charge, for children in kindergarten to grade two. The program minimizes milk delivery costs because distributors can add local milk to the fruit and vegetable deliveries already being made to schools.

BC Dairy Association is sharing in the costs of the milk program with government. The combined government and BC Dairy Association funding will cover the cost of the program for three years.

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